Okay so before this past week, I NEVER understood why people liked to go to Virginia.

I seriously thought that it was all like old battlefields and seriously: WHY would I want to go there??

I now understand.

It is beautiful there! There are mountains everywhere. And it smells so fresh and nature-ish. It is so different compared to the flatness of Illinois. I just loved it there!

I really wish I could have found my camera because everything there is picture-worthy.

This past weekend consisted of limited sleep, too much food, and running .49 of a mile. And lots of driving. As in, 30-plus hours of driving.

But it was so worth it. And what with our multiple movies, multiple snacks, packs of gum, stacks of cds, and breathtaking views…it wasn’t really all that bad! 🙂 And there was the anticipation. After all,  we were going to visit the awesomest college in the world. Of course, I didn’t really realize that until we pulled into town and saw the snowboarding slope up on the mountain. And then, Friday when we toured the place, I had no doubt left inside of me.

And then after the tour, I planned out my school for the rest of my high school years and then plotted how to get on to the college’s NCAA women’s XC team! 🙂 I’ve got to get my time down to at least 21 minutes for a 5k and then 24 minutes for a 6k. Faster would always be better of course! 🙂

Anyways, Saturday, I got to hang out with my aunt, uncle and cousin who are all really awesome. I also got to meet, for the first time, my cousin’s fiance who is really nice and funny. I’m glad they are getting married! 🙂 My aunt and uncle took us to Washington DC which was so awesome! I couldn’t believe that I was there! It was so cool.

And then that night, Abby and I went to a dance at my cousin’s college. Everyone there was really nice and we got to get all dressed up. We danced most of the dances which was fun and there was a CHOCOLATE FOUNTAIN!!!!!! And then afterwards, we went to TGI Fridays and got food. We were up until 1 and then crashed at my cousin’s dorm and slept until 11.

And then we drove and drove and drove home.

We got home this morning at one. I had fallen asleep in the car so when we got home I just grabbed my pillows and blanket and went upstairs and fell back asleep.

Today, I did school and ran 3.1 miles in 23:15. Not exactly my best time ever and I felt horrible through the whole thing…but…I guess I can’t really complain because I did over-indulge quite a bit this past weekend. I will get back to normal soon enough. And school is almost over!

I can’t believe that I made it through freshman year! Although everyone says that sophomore year is the worst…


I’m still happy.

What did you do this weekend?


4 thoughts on “Virginia!!!

  1. The Waiting says:

    You will love college so much! You have such an amazing time ahead of you. Have to admit I’m a bit nostalgically jealous 😉

  2. Ben Ziegler says:

    I worked on a carpentry project with my dad, went to my sister’s honors ceremony at her college, and Dawning Joy on Monday… I noticed your absence! Also, more running!

  3. Ben Ziegler says:

    Sounds like you had a busy time!
    In January, I went to Colorado/New Mexico with my dad, Amy, and Dan for a businessy/relative-visiting trip. It is one of the most beautiful areas I’ve been in.
    With only four older people in a car (as opposed to all nine of us in the van) we made GREAT time. I think we covered four thousand miles in four or five days!!

  4. Izze says:

    Sounds like a great time! You will have to tell me all about it.

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